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• Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose
decorations that are ﬂame resistant or ﬂame retardant.
• Keep lit candles away from decorations and other
things that can burn.
• Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but
• Replace any string of lights with worn or
broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read
manufacturer’s instructions for number of light
strands to connect.
Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do
not get damaged.
• Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
• Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your
home ﬁre escape plan.
• Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
• Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
• Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
• Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to
keep their smoking materials with them so young
children do not touch them.
Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet
cigarette butts with water before discarding.
Two of every ﬁve home
decoration ﬁres are
started by candles.
Nearly half of
decoration ﬁres happen
are placed too close
to a heat source.
Blow out lit candles when
you leave the room or go to
bed. Turn off all light strings
and decorations before
leaving home or going to bed.
Out or to Bed
Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together.
But that also means a greater risk for ﬁre. Following a few simple
tips will ensure a happy and ﬁre-safe holiday season.
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